Mugabe Now “Tired and Unelectable”
“We as principals are the ones with the final say. “Ivo vatatu vamuri kuona ava tisu takanyora Global Political Agreement”. These were the statements from an octogenarian perceived by many as a dictator. His current tenure of office has only been made possible through negotiations.
Robert Mugabe keeps forgetting that he is in office by the mercy and understanding of his other players in the GPA. His tenure is not democratically authentic and has remained questionable. He claimed victory in a one man race and wanted to impose himself as the supreme national leader to the detriment of the Zimbabwean majority. To reach that platform, he engaged the CIO and military to exercise heavy handedness that included violence and torture. Given his geriatric age, it is highly unlikely that he remembers the 2008 violence. He is only thankful that he can still travel abroad and address such important meetings like the UN or SADC. At such a compromised stance, his next
Robert Mugabe very tired
Presidency is in doubt because his policies have increasingly become unpopular and therefore he has become unelectable.
His stance demonstrates an absence of care and concern for the masses. Caught in the middle of diplomacy for the sake of peace and political progress, SADC was left with no option but to force Mugabe into teaming up with his political rivals. When SADC intervened and stripped him of his Maoist powers, Mugabe practically became a ceremonial President. Morgan Tsvangirai entry as the first Prime Minister gave Mugabe endless nightmares.
With the coalition, runaway inflation was immediately arrested. Instead of appreciating the peace and economic resurgence as brought by the GPA, the ailing President decided to expose the dictator on his mind. For another five years, no one in Zimbabwe is willing to endure any meaningful appointments by Mugabe that are characterized by the monotonous reshuffling and recycling of corrupt and tired politicians.
Zimbabweans should know the truth. Despite his bookish degrees of the 1960s obtained through correspondence, Mugabe has no single clue of how to manage a 21st century economy in a fast changing world. I am not even too sure if the President and his sheepish bunch care about technology, development studies or any contemporary topics that prepare Zimbabwe to face global challenges.
The president finally had one last opportunity ahead of crucial elections to show his true colours of dictatorship. His utterances at the recent all-stakeholders conference demonstrated that he is the same old Mugabe that conscious Zimbabweans should be wary about. His statements were meant to urge people to remain unquestioningly loyal and compliant with his party policies.
At 88, it is sad how some people still believe Mugabe can work some magic to bring change to Zimbabwe. Even the loyalists within ZANU PF are also beginning to see the light. Mudenge helplessly died in office. At that time nothing tangible in terms of policy was found on his desk to preserve as legacy for the Zimbabwean tertiary education system. Given the length of time Mudenge served in the Higher Education Ministry, many would wonder if he was that great to be irreplaceable or there was something to hide using his name.
Many will agree with me that Mugabe participated in the liberation struggle through a profit motive. He sought to enrich himself while also destroying both his enemies and the economy so that by the time he left Zimbabwe, it would be as good as useless. Today he is one of the richest men in the world. His wealth will be enjoyed up to the fifth generation from his Presidency. In the liberation struggle he should have masterminded great plans to eliminate opposition members while drafting plans for heavy looting of national assets.
In the 90s Mugabe allowed the operation of the first generation of black-owned commercial banks like Unibank under the guise of indigenization and economic empowerment. Back then fake bank notes started circulating amid widespread speculation that an indigenous banker had in fact bought a commercial money printing machine. Investigations into the allegations were swept under the carpet with Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe later revoking Unibank’s license.
It is under Robert Mugabe administration that the Willowgate scandal happened and worked to demonstrate the roots of corruption in Zimbabwe. Favored friends walked away with wrist pats as the unfortunate went down. Zimbabweans were left disappointed and speechless. The late Solomon Skuza even sang “Leaking” in which he demanded answers for such gross abuse of power. At the time, the Zimbabwean dollar traded blow for blow against hard currencies as her agriculture-driven economy was blossoming. Despite clear evidence of corruption, Mugabe failed to fire his liberation war cronies and that problem still eats into national wealth today. His inability to stand head above shoulders in dealing with his wayward Ministers sealed the nation’s fate of misfortune. To this day, Mugabe has not shown any remorse for the damage he caused to Zimbabwe.
Instead, in 2003, the president authorised the printing of worthless money under what he considered short-term fiscal solutions. That sank the economy as prices dropped by the hour. Months ago, the nation was shocked to hear that the President owed over $300,000 in unpaid electricity bills. His cronies too owed similar amounts. Today the same President wants another five year term of office! How foolish can the electorate get? Besides condoning corruption and empowerment of the already empowered, why should Mugabe return to office? The childish message that any opposition win in 2013 means another colonization of Zimbabwe is a washout. That means people should be ready to cheer for ZANU PF destroying Zimbabwe assets simply because any other opposition will sell Zimbabwe to Britain?
Mugabe has been a dictator. Once a dictator, always a dictator! The only thing Mugabe can still offer Zimbabweans is more violence, more division and foolish patriotic pride where bad governance should never be questioned. On these realistic premises, the tired president is not fit to lead Zimbabwe anymore. The violence, incarceration of disgruntled voices, the corruption, plunder of national assets, abuse of uniformed forces and intimidation of voters tell a story that corroborates the fact that Mugabe does not deserve yet another term in office. He has become a burden and a liability to the nation. The land distribution and empowerment cards have gone astray and the economy is now bleeding. Mineral profits are going into army and private pockets of ZANU PF politiburo members as the country continues to suffer. Zimbabweans should not waste their time voting for such a selfish man. Now he spends more time napping at summits and important conferences. His recycled speeches have become monotonous old songs. Where does that take Zimbabwe? Mugabe indeed is tired and no longer electable. He must go!
Author: Farai Mamina is an independent political analyst, information, PR and marketing expert based in
Namibia. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org